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Annual Christmas concert to be held at Westminster High School

All around us Christmas is in the air. For many, the annual Carroll County Jazz Ensemble's Big Band Merry Christmas Concert has become a tradition, and it's back again for its 14th year.

Doors will open at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5 at Westminster High School for this popular Christmas concert.

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Look for music beginning at 7:30 p.m. by the Carroll County Jazz Ensemble and Cantare Bel Canto 2, the more advanced members of the Carroll County Children's Chorus.

"This has become a tradition," said Glenn Patterson, director of the show. "Many people come back every year. All the music is Christmas connected — a mixture of traditional and contemporary music — and it is a variety show. We want to have something different every year. Santa Claus is always there and he will lead the audience in a singalong on two or three songs."

The concert will benefit Access Carroll, a nonprofit that aims "to champion health and provide quality integrated health care services for low-income residents of Carroll County," according to its website.

Patterson performs two vocal solos in the show and has had three generations of his family involved for many years.

"My daughter narrates the show and has a [vocal] solo," Patterson said. "My son plays in the trombone section and my wife plays alto sax in the saxophone section. My four grandchildren will be making their seventh appearance with us. We call them the Third Generation. This is a three generation endeavor, and it has been a good thing for us."

Also, look for singer Sarah Barker, a 2015 Liberty High School graduate and freshman at Carnegie Mellon to perform two vocal solos.

Brad Collins appears in the show on the tenor sax and as a vocal soloist.

"Brad was my student when I was the first band director at South Carroll High School," Patterson said. "He is a phenomenal saxophone player and a weekend warrior, traveling as far as six states away to perform [with other groups]. He was in New York just recently."

Patterson said Collins was the band director at South Carroll High School for some time and is now the instrumental music teacher at Linton Springs Elementary School and William Winchester Elementary School.

The D & J Dance Company of Manchester will be perform several dance routines in the show, too.

"This will be their fourth year with us," Patterson said. "Herb Sell will also be there to play his annual solo medley [on piano]. He taught choral music at Westminster High School for over 20 years."

Patterson said other solos include Jeff Boone on soprano and alto sax; Gil Rathel, who will play a solo part on trumpet for "The First Noel;" and Nick Reider on trumpet.

Groups that purchase tickets in advance may reserve seating together by calling 410-848-5581.

Tickets cost $12 in advance for adults or $7 in advance for students and are available at Hess Music in Manchester, Town Pride and Interiors in Hampstead, the Eldersburg News Center in Eldersburg, and in Westminster at the Carroll Arts Council, Coffey Music, and Menchey Music. Tickets may also be purchased at the door for $15 for adults or $10 for students.

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For more information about the show, call 410-848-5581.

Westminster High School is at 1225 Washington Road, Westminster.

Quarters auction

Support the Westminster High School instrumental music program by attending a quarters auction at the high school tonight, Nov. 20, with a preview at 6 p.m. and games starting at 7 p.m.

"The preview offers a chance for people to see what the prizes are, get refreshments and purchase quarters if they need them," said Bonnie Konsen, fundraising chairperson for the instrumental music boosters.

The quarters auction will be held at Westminster High School's second floor cafeteria.

Admission costs $8. Advance tickets cost $5. Both admission at the door and in advance includes one paddle and a ticket for a door prize.

Extra paddles may be purchased this evening for $3 each or two for $5.

More than 70 prizes will be available to bid on, Konsen said, including Baltimore Blast tickets, Alex & Ani bracelets, a Pandora bracelet, Ski Liberty passes, a dinner cruise package, tickets to the Science Center, Stratosphere Trampoline Park and Ripley's Believe it or Not Museum, Edible Arrangements and more.

Konsen said that to bid on an item, for each paddle that you play you place the required number of quarters into the container on the table and hold your paddle in the air.

After bids are closed and the quarters are collected, a number is drawn. Numbers are drawn until there is a winner. You many play as many paddles as you have.

"It is hard to explain but very simple to play," Konsen said. "The prizes that we have are family-friendly and there is something for everyone."

Look for a variety of food offered for sale at the event including a bake sale table plus pizza, hot dogs, chicken salad sandwiches, veggies and dip, chips, candy bars, and beverages."

All proceeds benefit the Westminster High School instrumental music program.

Westminster High School is at 1225 Washington Road, Westminster. Advance tickets may be purchased online at www.owlband.org/fundraisers.

For more information, email WHSIMBQuartersauction@gmail.com or call 410-857-8756.

Christmas in Shipley

Zion United Methodist Church of Shipley will hold its annual Christmas Bazaar from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, featuring a variety of holiday gifts and treats, including homemade jams, jellies, pickles, relishes, soups, sauces, mixes, baked goods, flowers and handcrafted gifts items.

Shop for gifts for your children's teachers, family and friends including nearly new items on the White Elephant table. Children may shop for gifts in Santa's Secret Shop.

Church member and volunteer Dolores Bankert said children select gifts for others in Santa's Secret Shop, making a donation of what they can afford. Look for a variety of sandwiches, including oyster sandwiches, plus soups and desserts for sale in the kitchen. Breakfast sandwiches will also be available.

Zion UMC is at 2716 Old Washington Road in the village of Shipley. For more information, call 410-848-9080 or the church at 410-857-4444.

Quilt raffle to benefit Carroll Lutheran Village

The annual Carroll Lutheran Village quilt raffle offers an appliqued and handmade quilt, with tickets being sold through Dec. 5.

The appliqued top of the 75-by-75-inch quilt was donated by Dawn Becker of Belt, Montana and hand quilted by members of the Village Quilters, a group of dedicated quilters from Carroll Lutheran Village.

The 2015 raffle quilt is on display at the Village Corner Gift Shop at CLV, 300 St. Luke Circle. Tickets may also be purchased inside the shop, which is open from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Raffle tickets cost $1 each or six for $5. They are also available for purchase at the Shop on the Square Gift Shop, 900 Mission Square on the CLV campus, open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday, or by calling 443-605-1068.

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Proceeds from the quilt raffle benefit the Carroll Lutheran Village Resident Assistance Fund, which supports residents of the village who have outlived their financial resources. The drawing will take place Dec. 5 at Carroll Lutheran Village. The winner need not be present to win.

For more information, contact Lisa Albin, director of church and public relations, at 443-605-1008 or by email at lalbin@clvillage.org

Lois Szymanski covers Finksburg, Gamber, Pleasant Valley, Reese, Sandymount, Silver Run, Smallwood, Union Mills and Westminster. To contact her call 443-293-7811 or email LoisSzymanski@hotmail.com

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